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3.67 | 102 ratings | 6 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Canto I: Incident at Charing Cross Road (0:45)
2. Canto II: Transcendence (9:26)
3. Canto III: The Visions of Eternity (9:11)
4. Canto IV: Beyond the Light (4:44)
5. Canto V: The Devil's Proffer (6:29)
6. Canto VI: The Devil's Lament (6:59)
7. Canto VII: The Realm of the Skeptics (6:10)
8. Canto VIII: The Mysterium of the Divine (2:55)
9. Canto IX: The Truth of Eternity (12:28)

Total Time 58:35

Line-up / Musicians

- anonymous / composer, performer, producer

- unknown guest artist / violin (5,6,8), viola (8)

Releases information

CD self-release (2010, US)

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THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE The Myth Of Dying ratings distribution

(102 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)


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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars US-based project THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE entered the world of progressive rock in 2009 with the concept album "The Art of Madness", a likeable production in the Pink Floyd vein that was well received by the progressive community at large. "The Myth of Dying" is the second venture by this composer and multi-instrumentalist who prefers to stay anonymous so that his musical endeavours can be enjoyed on their own without being associated with a person who may or may not be well known.

While initially perhaps appearing to be slightly too chaotic and quirky, "The Myth of Dying" soon proves to be a splendid production of the symphonic art rock variety, with numerous details to savor and plenty of intricate compositional features to enjoy. All of these are placed within a brilliantly produced single composition that spans the entire album. Beautiful cover art, extensive liner notes and a high quality booklet are treats for those who prefer to buy a physical CD. And while the latter isn't needed to be able to enjoy this splendid creation, they will enhance the overall experience. A few very minor details aside, this is a brilliant production and obviously highly recommended.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars With this collection of excellent songs inspired by a personal near-death encounter, The Myth of Dying encapsulates, once again, an excellent album concept by this enigmatic but uber-talented composer-musician. Though the TPE sound will not become fully refined until the next album, The Dream of The Magic Jongleur, nor will the whole-album concept be seemlessly conjoined until the album after that, The Tale of The Golden King, TPE has recorded and produced a wonderful collection here of which my favorites are "Canto II: Transcendence," the psychedelia-infused lead guitar and synths of the gentle, acoustic guitar-based "Canto VII: The Realm of Skeptics," and the beautiful, classically-based "Canto VIII: The Mysterium of The Divine."

A 3.5 star album that I'm rating up for it's intricate compositions and single-person performances of most of these tracks.

Review by Warthur
2 stars I dunno, guys, I really don't know. When the mystery of precisely who is behind The Psychedelic Ensemble is more interesting than their actual music you know there's got to be something wrong. With reasonable but not exceptional production values and a vague concept about dying (as though we don't already have enough concept albums about wild near-death experiences or post-mortem journeys), The Myth of Dying presents a sound rooted in rather pretty and accessible space rock reminiscent of what would happen if post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd got into a collaboration with Mercury Rev.

The problem I have with it is that I can't really get a handle on the atmosphere it's going for - if, indeed, it's going for one at all. It's too laid back to go for a bombastic Floydian rock out, but too busy to be a relaxing New Age soundscape trip, and flirts just enough with both of those styles that I keep expecting it to definitively plump for one or the other but it never does. I just don't get the appeal here.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars For a second album the mysterious figure behind The Psychedelic Ensemble enters a deeply spiritual mood, dealing with the various theories regarding the afterlife, based on the different cultures and religions.The main figure around this concept is a young poet, who after his passing is destined to ''live'' many of the writings he had read, while he was still alive.According to the liner notes of the album the story around the concept is true (?).This whole capture by The Psychedelic Ensemble is divided in nine different sections in the independently released CD, entitled ''The myth of dying'', released in 2010.Another no-name guest artist has helped during the recordings on violin and strings.

After a very dissapointing debut, ''The myth of dying'' appears to be a great development, an album which enters the realms of PINK FLOYD-ian Neo Prog with both extended vocal and instrumental sections, characterized by deep melodies, atmospheric passages and naughty keyboard work with symphonic touches.While GENESIS and PINK FLOYD are the easily detected inspirations, some strongly keyboard-oriented pieces are certaily influenced by the likes of ELP, while a couple of shorter tracks around the middle contain surprising GENTLE GIANT and KING CRIMSON influences from the early-70's, with atonal vocal deliveries, complex keyboard themes, slow-paced, psychedelic guitar tones and even some sampled clavinet and Mellotron in the process.The bulk of this effort follows though an atmospheric, slightly symphonic style with electroacoustic textures and soaring synthesizers, surrounded by sensitive vocal parts and a good depth in the lyrical section.The long outro ''Canto IX: The truth of eternity'' seems to be a great farewell tribute by The Psychedelic Ensemble in Classic 70's Prog with both melodic and more Fusion-oriented exercises, based on impressive keyboard ideas, Classical influences, tricky instrumental runs and mellow PINK FLOYD-ian soundscapes with vocals in evidence and everchanging climates.Again the annoying programmed drums and a few pale keyobard segments are negative points, but this time some great music is around to reward the listener.

Propably the best place to start your experience with The Psychedelic Ensemble.Mostly smooth Neo/Symphonic Prog with an interesting concept, occasionally breaking into pretty complex keyboard-based Progressive Rock.Nice and warmly recommended album.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Superb. To my ears The Psychedelic Ensemble´s second studio album is one of the most fresh sounding and profound releases of 2010 both thematically and musically. This synthesizer-heavy neo-prog frenzy, written mainly in minor key and played with heaps of distinctive synth effects and odd time s ... (read more)

Report this review (#358647) | Posted by Oliverum | Monday, December 20, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Well, here is an interesting piece of album. First listen to this album got me going for real, the start of the album is a modern Yes progressive rock wich is really good. Next two songs we have ELP territory all over just to move over to song nr 4 wich plays Gentle giant like no band has done s ... (read more)

Report this review (#345039) | Posted by Andis | Monday, December 6, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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